Women on the Move seeks to address, critique, and offer solutions to gaps in gendered aid provision within the Rohingya refugee crisis.
The 1.5 million Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar remain a nationally unrecognized ethnic group who have been systematically discriminated against, forcing many to flee and many more to be internally displaced within Myanmar. Women in this context are very susceptible to severe violence and trauma through intersections of their statelessness and a process of dehumanisation in Burmese society. For instance, Human Rights Watch found that Burmese security forces raped and sexually assaulted women and girls, with all but one of the 52 reports being gang rapes (Human Rights Watch, December 2017).
Thousands of survivors of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh as refugees. In this context, and in recognition that over two thirds of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar presently are women and children, this project aims to analyze how women and girls are catered to through aid provision in the humanitarian response. Examining intersections of gender with health, security, education, hygiene, architecture, and various other facets of camp life, this project attempts to address best practices and barriers to ensuring gender mainstreaming.